Technician Class – Early 2020

An Amateur Radio Technician Class will be starting in January, 2020!

When: Tuesdays, January 21, January 28, February 7, February 14, February 21, 2020. 6:30pm – 8:30pm.

Where: York County Amateur Radio Society clubhouse – 2051 Squire Rd, Rock Hill, SC.

It is strongly recommended that students plan to attend every session.

Cost is FREE except for cost of the book ($24) and the test ($15). You must bring this book to each class:  Gordon West Technician Class Manual (2018-22).  It can be picked up at Buy Two Way Radios at 528 S. Cherry Rd., Rock Hill, SC or ordered from Amazon.com.

The book will be provided, free of charge, for any student who is currently enrolled in school (K-12). Parents of students are welcome to attend, but they will need to provide their own book.

RSVP by sending an email to w3spc@ycars.org so you can reserve a spot and get additional class information.

December Hobby Night

Join us on Thursday, December 5, at the YCARS clubhouse for our monthly hobby/fun night. Socialize. Chat ham radio. Meet other club members. Get on the air. Work a new mode. Get your HT programmed. There’s no set agenda other than hams having fun and hanging out!

Folks will start to arrive around 6pm and we typically hang out until around 8:30.

KK4FT (SK)

It’s with a heavy heart that we were informed that Fred Thompson, KK4FT, passed away the morning of November 21.

Fred was not only the treasurer of YCARS, but he was a great man, a brilliant man, and a valued member of our club and the community.

Fred will me missed dearly.

York County Skywarn Changes!

We are pleased to announce that York County is now being served by Greenville-Spartanburg Regional Skywarn.

There is a new repeater in Rock Hill on 444.925 MHz (+5), PL 91.5. The callsign of the repeater is W4FTK and it has a fantastic wide-coverage footprint. Skywarn nets are held on the new repeater on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 PM. The new repeater is linked to the K9OH repeater system and is linkable to the WARNS repeater system during severe weather. Please see https://gspskywarn.org/ for more information. The website is being updated to show the new repeater and get more infomation listed.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has made this possible, and rest assured that York County stands ready for severe weather. You can now be reliably represented to the National Weather Service. Please feel free to use the repeater any time as there’s a great group of folks on there and make sure to stop by and check in to the nets.

Please feel free to direct any questions or concerns to:
Daniel, WD2DW
AEC, York County ARES
Skywarn Coordinator
Hamshack Hotline: 4658

Another Round of Club T-Shirts

If you missed the order at the beginning of the year, GOOD NEWS! YCARS is about to order another round of club T-Shirts!

We will be taking orders for Club T-Shirts through December 15. – We need a minimum of 12 Shirts per order, they must be paid for before the order is placed.

2 Choices Black Shirt with White Graphics and Grey Shirt with Black Graphics. 
Can be made with you name and call below the YCARS logo on the front left chest. See pictures Attached.

Prices – 
Either Shirt with Name and Call S – XL $ 20.00/ea
Either Shirt with Name and Call XXL $ 22.00/ea
Either Shirt with Name and Call XXXL $ 23.00/ea

Either Shirt without Name and Call S – XL $ 17.00/ea
Either Shirt without Name and Call XXL $ 19.00/ea
Either Shirt without Name and Call XXXL $ 20.00/ea

Additionally, the YCARS Logo digitized at South Paw Screen Printing on Cherry Road and you are able to order polo shirts, Hats etc. on a one off basis.

Please See John, NJ4Z, to order.

Your shirt will not be ordered until paid for via cash, check, or PayPal. If PayPal is used, a $1.50 convenience fee should be added to the cost.

VE Test Session in December

Ready to get your Amateur Radio license or upgrade your existing license to a higher class? Join us on Saturday, December 21, at the YCARS clubhouse for our next Volunteer Examiner session!

Cost is $15. (Cash Only)

Bring photocopy of government issued picture ID, Pencil/Pen. For upgrades, bring copy of existing license.  Basic Calculators are allowed but not programmable ones.

Coming in January – Join meetings remotely!

Big news! Starting in January, YCARS business and presentation meetings will be able to be joined remotely over Skype!

The technology infrastructure in finally in place to allow us to put the Internet service at the clubhouse to work even more. Remote access to meetings.

Are you a snow bird? Do you hate driving in the cold, dark winter? Have you moved away from our area but still would like to be able to participate in the club? If so, make sure you renew (or join) your membership in 2020. Meetings will be open to all active club members!

Meetings will be extended online with Skype. If you do not have a Microsoft Account and the Skype client, please get it set up before January so you can join the fun!

Winter Field Day 2020!

YCARS will be participating in Winter Field Day again this year.
WHEN: January 25-26
WHERE: Westminster Park, 4000 India Hook Rd, Rock Hill, SC

We will be helping Scouts get on the air during the event and running a Radio Merit Badge class. Come out, show your support, make some contacts! Enclosed operating positions, radios, antennas, and WiFi will be provided. Let’s get out and make as many contacts as possible under emergency conditions!

For more information on Winter Field Day, visit http://www.winterfieldday.com